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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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Pugs can develop a neurological disease that has been described as a severe meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain). The specific cause is still unknown but it can affect pugs from 6 months to 7 years old.

The inflammation that this disease causes in the brain results in behavior changes, seizures, neck rigidity, disorientation or incoordination, head pressing against objects or walls, walking in circles, muscle weakness, lethargy and even vision loss or blindness. In some cases, the clinical signs progress rapidly causing rapid death. In other cases, affected dogs have been reported to live for years with the help of anticonvulsant medication.

A tentative diagnosis can be made based on the breed, age and clinical signs. A definitive diagnosis can be made based on CT scan or MRI, cerebrospinal fluid analysis and biopsy of muscle or neural tissue. Unfortunately, treatment is limited to supportive treatment to control the seizures and other clinical signs. The use of corticosteroids to decrease brain inflammation is controversial.

Pug encephalitis is believed to be a hereditary or inherited disease. For prevention, it is recommended to avoid breeding any pugs diagnosed with this disease or with seizures and other neurological signs.

Pug encephalitis is not the only cause of seizures on this breed. A pug with neurological signs and seizures should be evaluated for other diseases such as intracranial tumor, toxicity and idiopathic epilepsy.

Nydia Melissa Perez, DVM

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours



Our clinic will have the following hours of operation for the week of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Monday, November 20................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Tuesday, November 21................8am-5pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up between 8am-4pm*
Wednesday, November 22..........7am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**
Thursday, November 23..............CLOSED
Friday, November 24...................CLOSED

Saturday, November 25..............8am-1pm
  *Boarders drop off/pick up no later than 11:00am**


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  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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